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Pohatu Penguin Habitat

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Serious company and beautiful penguins

We had an interesting visit with our guide Benoit. He is very knowledgeable and provided quality... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Laura J
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Little Blue Penguins

We were on a New Zealand cruise with a stop in Akora. We signed up on-line for a "Nature Safari... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dennis S
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Pohatu penguins is a family owned business that offers 4WD safaris trip to the Largest Little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Conservation based tours include: -Evening penguin tours -Scenic nature safaris (2 or 4 hours) -Sea-kayaking with...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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8/2 Rue Balguerie | Wildside Booking Office, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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+64 3-304 8542
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had an interesting visit with our guide Benoit. He is very knowledgeable and provided quality information not only about the penguins but also about the geology, ecology and history of Akaroa. We saw a couple of penguins in one of the little huts that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed 2 nights here in a cabin. First evening was disappointing as only saw one penguin in a box and several out to sea on rafts. The second night the owner Shireen took us out a bit farther and we saw 5 or 6 come...More

Thank Derek S
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. I am glad you penguin freaks had a good time and manage to add another penguin to your list ^-^ I am sadden to read that you felt I didn't try very hard though. The other couple on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a New Zealand cruise with a stop in Akora. We signed up on-line for a "Nature Safari" put on by the Pohatu/Flea Bay Conservancy. We got into 4-wheel drive mini-vans and went to the "wild side" and saw some great scenery including...More

Thank Dennis S
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Dennis, Thank you very much for your review and kind comments. The next cruise ship season is about the start so it is good to see that even month after you are still thinking about your time with us. You might be pleased to...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018

Loved every minute. Went for the evening tour as having the best chance of seeing penguins but wasn’t necessarily expecting to see any except in nesting boxes at this time of year (late July) - the website is commendably honest about the chances. But guide...More

Thank SusannaPenn
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Hi Susana, Thank you so very much for your comments and precise description of the tour, it was a real pleasure having a life long penguin devotee along. Over winter it is true that penguins can be present in very low number and wildlife being...More

Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Wow, wow wow. What a fabulous trip. Beautiful views leaving Akaroa and guide was awesome. Didn't expect to see so many penguins in the so called off season! Loved every minute. A true conservation project.More

Thank lydpbrown
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 30 July 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kind review. It is always very nice for us to welcome people with so much enthusiasm and who understand what we have achieved and wish to transmit. Thank you kindly and all the best for the rest...More

Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

It was beyond disappointing After a long and dangerous drive, guide opened 4 boxes and only one had a couple inside, two had one penguin, one box was empty. She opened them for all together 3-5 seconds. We didn’t see any other penguins besides the...More

Thank Tatyana R
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tatyana. I am sad to read your review and would like to know the tour you were on and where you have heard about us as this doesn't represent who we are and the sort of advertising we do, so please let us know...More

Reviewed 25 June 2018

We did the kayak tour in the bay next to the farm. We knew that this was the off-season for penguins and did not have high hopes for seeing any, but were delighted to see not only a few penguins, but seals and a great...More

Thank Dilliana3
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Hi there, Thank you very much for your kinds comments. It is always good to hear from past clients. It was a pleasure being on the water with you showing the unique wildlife that pohatu marine reserve has to offer even in winter. I wish...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018

Amazing experience! It is so awesome that this family provides the opportunity for us to see these little penguins up close. Their story behind starting this conservation is inspiring. Very knowledgeable guides and a fun wildlife experience. I saw the blue penguins, a yellow eyed...More

Thank Nichole S
Kevin P, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2018

Hi Nichole, Thank you so very much for your comments and recommendations. It was a pleasure welcoming you and showing you the wildlife found around the area. We're also always happy to share the family history and conservation work. All the best for the rest...More

Reviewed 15 June 2018

This family lives on ocean farm and give "tours to see wild penguins" which was completely false--the beach had zero penguins; when I complain there were no "wild penguins" they said, "oh, they are moulting and you can't see them. But here, look in this...More

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Pohatu_penguins, General Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Dear drdrwolff, I am Kevin the General manager of Pohatu penguins. I am a French man who has studied conservation and Eco-tourism and I am proud to work for this family business as what Shireen and Francis Helps have achieved should be world renowned. Your...More

Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Really good and informative tour. Worth it for the enjoyment factor and to help out the conservation efforts to keep these penguins safe!

Thank Charlie D
Pohatu_penguins, Front Office Manager at Pohatu Penguin Habitat, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Great you had a good time and thank you for coming along and recommending us.

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fay m
26 January 2018|
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Response from joyance | Reviewed this property |
They are really helpful, do email them if they can arrange something for you. It’s their private property where they help look after the penguins.
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Rumi A
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Response from RuthMiltonKeynesUK | Reviewed this property |
Yes I agree with the replies above
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Response from Pohatu_penguins | Property representative |
Hi there, Yes there is , We pick people up from the Akaroa main wharf on cruise ship days here, the tour starts from there with a scenic Drive over to pohatu penguin habitat, We have 2 land based tour options the 2 hour... More
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